Hours of Operation

Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 Pm

**Thanksgiving hours: Closed November 28-30, 2019**

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Hours of Operation:
Friday, November 29 10:00 am - 7:00 pm    Saturday, November 30 10:00 am - 7:00 pm    Sunday, December 1 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Center Court (by Mr. Smoothie & Zales)
8555 Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford, NY 13413
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Black Friday Weekend @ Sangertown


​The History Center returns to Sangertown Square Mall for its 10th year this coming holiday season to operate our satellite bookstore.  This offsite store provides extended hours to meet your busy holiday schedule and a great selection of local history titles and merchandise. New titles this year include Around & About: A Reporter’s Love Letter to the People and Places of Utica and Oneida County, Rome Memories: A Photographic History of the Early Years, and The Young Liberators Volume II.  Visit us at the mall to shop local and support local history.

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​Five individuals were inducted into the Oneida County Historical Hall of Fame on Wednesday, September 25, 2019: Spanish American and World War I veteran Sgt. Charles Adrean, Utica Mayor Boyd Golder, Jewish community advocate Libby Sherman Kowalsky, broadcast personality and Holocaust survivor Julian Noga, and "the father of college hockey," Albert Prettyman.  Congressman Sherwood Boehlert, retired Observer-Dispatch publisher and president Donna Donovan, beloved bakery and restaurant owners Segean and Mary Ann Karam, jazz musician Monk Rowe, and Oneida County Legislator Ed Welsh were honored as the 2019 Richard W. Couper ‘Living Legends’ for their service and impact on the community. More information about the honorees can be found on the website's News Page or by clicking one of the icons below.
Saturday, November 2 at 1:00 pm- ​Oneida Folklore and Indigenous Tales


Storytelling is an important component of Haudenosaunee culture. Oral traditions and legends have been passed from generation to generation, teaching communities how to live, act, and care for one another. Join Jessica Farmer, Shako:wi Cultural Center Cultural Programs Coordinator, to hear her version of a few of these ageless stories. Free!

Saturday, November 9 at 1:00 pm- The Case of the Black Dagger: A 100-year old “Whose-was-it?” Mystery 


​A black dagger passed down through four generations had made its way from the battlefields of France to Ontario, Canada, then to Oneida County, NY in 1918. But whose was it? Why had a Canadian solider brought it home? Genealogist Pamela Vittorio traces the dagger back to a possible original owner in this history mystery. Free!

Saturday, November 16 at 1:00 pm- Book Signing: Rome Through Our History​  

Author Kathleen “Chip” Twellman Haley will discuss and sign copies of her newest book, Rome Through Our History, Volume II. She’ll talk about the people and places in Rome, plus share stories from the surrounding towns. The pilot who landed the first B-52 bomber at Griffiss Air Force Base, the Underground Railroad, and the old Oneida County Home in Rome are just a few of the stories that will be told. 

Saturday, December 7 at 1:00 pm- ​The WWII 10th Mountain Division 

Join Hamilton College History Professor Maurice Isserman for an illustrated talk on his just-published book, The Winter Army: The 10th Mountain Division in World War II. The ranks of the 10th were filled by men who in civilian life were already proficient in skiing and mountaineering. They were shipped to the Italian front and their actions in the Apennine Mountains and the Alps led to the German surrender in Italy on May 2, 1945. The division was disbanded in late 1945, but reestablished in the 1980s, and is based today at Fort Drum, in Watertown, New York


Other Upcoming Programs

Thursday, November 14 from 6:00-8:00 pm- Member Appreciation Night 

Saturday, December 14 at 1:00 pm- Celtic & Germanic Stories, Songs and Poems of Antiquity with Terry McMaster

Friday-Saturday, December 27-28 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm- FUNTRAK Model Train Display


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